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A warlock is defined by a pact with an otherworldly being. Why would they think that killing the patron ends the pact? Sadly for your warlock, the obligation comes from the pact, not the patron. No doubt the dead patron has heirs and assignees who will explain this. That’s assuming that the pact hasn’t already been restructured into several CPOs (...


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Disclaimer: This answer was written before the addition of the 5e tag. The content below may not be applicable to that specific edition of D&D. D&D 3.5's Draconomicon actually has several examples of dragons having specific smells. It seems to vary by dragonflight color: Black - Smells like rotten vegetation and foul water. Blue - Smells like ...


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There's not a lot to go on in official 5E materials, but there's a few clues in the monster description which we can extrapolate from. Note that since the default setting in 5E is Forgotten Realms, what follows is Forgotten Realms lore. Unicorns in other settings might be very different. To start, these are regional effects that might apply to a unicorn's ...


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You should be more assertive Can my character have this hairstyle It is your character, so ultimately it's up to you. If you say she has a ponytail, she does. female characters usually do not tie their hair But your character does. She is a combat cleric, she can't allow an unfortunate mistake (like hair getting into her face) to mess things up in a ...


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A troll's severed body parts remain 'connected' to the troll. Severed parts die when the troll regenerates them. I am drawing my information from the 'Variant: Loathsome Limbs' sidebar under the Troll's entry in the 5th edition Monster Manual (page 291). This variant trait describes in mechanical detail what happens when you sever the arms, legs or head of ...


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1974, 1990, or 2004, depending In each of these years, a new option was introduced to D&D that was labeled “warlock.” It wasn’t until 2004 that the warlock was its own class, but 1990 had warlock as a wizard kit (similar to 5e’s subclasses), and 1974—that is, the original books for D&D—had warlock as a title held by magic-users of a particular level. ...


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The Forgotten Realms wiki page on gelatinous cubes has the information you are looking for in the "Ecology" section: Gelatinous cubes reproduced asexually by either dividing themselves into two smaller cubes of equal sizes6 or via budding. In the second case, a smaller, rubbery cube was excreted into a side corridor or on a pile of refuse, and ...


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One example is the morkoth, as described in Volo's Guide to Monsters. Spawned by a God. Long ago, a deity of greed and strife perished in the battles among the immortals. Its body drifted through the Astral Plane, eventually becoming a petrified husk. This corpse floated up against a pearlescent remnant of celestial matter imbued with life and life-giving ...


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This is addressed directly in Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes The first chapter is all about the Blood War. A very simplified and brief synopsis of the reasons the Blood War is a stalemate: Demons have quantity Devils have quality There are groups and individuals acting as intentionally balancing forces who are sufficiently powerful to manage any side that ...


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According to Volo's Guide to Monsters (p.33), Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p.29) and Out of the Abyss (p.246), Gnolls are created in the wake of Yeenoghu's great rampages across the planes. Originally, they were packs of hyenas that feasted on the corpses left behind by the great Demon Lord. They now breed true, but it's entirely possible that new tribes of ...


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Nothing happens, at least in 5e. The Pact only initiates your power; you don't need the Patron after that. The answer to the question you linked was wrong. Becoming a Warlock is a one-time infusion of power that gives you the ability to take the first Warlock level; any further powers you develop after that are the result of your own developing abilities. ...


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Your DM is making things up to inhibit you as a player because "reasons". Nowhere in any edition of D&D is "hairstyle" a part of character creation or something you need to track for any mechanical reason whatsoever. As you describe it the GM said long hair in your eyes might hurt concentration. There's nothing at all in D&D rules governing this so ...


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They do Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes dedicates its fourth chapter (starting at p. 85) to the gith, expanding upon the material found in the Monster Manual. On page 87, under the heading "Only the Best Survive", it has the line: Githyanki hatch from eggs. Which is a fairly clear answer.


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1975—Original D&D, but not playable The original Greyhawk supplement included druids, but they weren’t playable characters. They had a shape-changing ability. 1976—Original D&D, as cleric subclass To the major class of clerics there is also a new subclass, the DRUID. These are similar to the monster of the same name as described in ...


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XGtE suggests the result is a Half-Elf This book includes a table (p. 62) for determining parent races when your character is a half elf. It includes the possibility of: One parent was an elf and the other was a half-elf. Therefore we can infer that the offspring of an elf and a half-elf is a half-elf, or at least that that is a valid result.


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It keeps Existing In 5e, things do what they say. A phylactery is required for a lich's Rejuvenation ability and no other ability, including the Undead type. If it has a phylactery, a destroyed lich gain a new body in 1d10 days [...]. So by inference, "If it has a phylactery" means that it is possible for the creature to not have a phylactery. Proof ...


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At least 26 miles deep, with rumoured unexplored caverns 40 miles deep, though most of the known Underdark is within 10 miles of the surface. According to the D&D 3e sourcebook Underdark, p.120, the lowest level of the Underdark starts at a depth of ten miles and continues down from there: No place on Toril is as strange and dangerous as the ...


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House Cannith perfected modern, sentient warforged in 965 YK. The Treaty of Thronehold, which ended the Last War and required House Cannith to destroy the Creation Forges, was in 996 YK. All (legal) warforged were produced during this 31-year period. The combatants during this timeframe were: The Five Nations: Aundair Breland Darguun was one of the most ...


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Jester's coloration is explained in the narrative. Critical Role Spoilers: Although Jester's mom is a (red-skinned) tiefling, her father is a This lends her the blue color, as well as the decidedly non-tiefling resistance to cold damage, instead of fire damage. Lillith is a bit less clear No mention (to my knowledge) is made of Lillith's coloration. It is ...


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D&D occasionally uses "eldritch" as a simple synonym for "arcane". The Eldritch Knight originates in D&D 3rd edition. The earliest appearance is the D&D 3.5 Dungeon Master's Guide (2003), where it was used as a kind of generic patch prestige class to make fighter/wizard or fighter/sorcerer multiclassing feasible. Earlier examples, like the ...


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This answer is informed by two things1: 1. The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (SCAG) (pages 7-70) 2. The baked-into-the-genre-tropes modeled on social-political habits in human history The Sword Coast as a whole isn't governed as "The Sword Coast" The region's structure (such structure as exists) is that of local centers of power with a lot of "...


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Power derived from souls is required The Fiendish Codex 2 from 3.5e includes a lot of information regarding promotions, including on page 11: Second, promoting a devil from one form to another requires a considerable expenditure of the divine magic harvested from the breakdown of corrupt souls. Further, it is also mentioned on page 12 that this also ...


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Yes In Waterdeep Dragon Heist (p. 181) we see the following text: Lastly, no city in the world is as literate as Waterdeep. [...] The city has over thirty publishers of broadsheets in addition to chapbook printers and book publishers. Broadsheets are, of course, the printed sheets that get folded down to produce the signatures of books and newspapers, ...


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There is no canonical answer Maztica, whence that particular deity comes, is not detailed in 5e material at any length. Indeed, that deity is not mentioned in any available 5e product. Male homosexuality was not explored in the source material where the deity originated-- namely TSR's 1991 Maztica Campaign Set and accompanying trilogy-- and said minor ...


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All of them: Mordenkainen was and remains a Magic User The use of schools of magic as a categorization or limitation for spell casters has an uneven history in D&D – Mordenkainen predates all of them. He was created as a 1st level Magic User in 1973 – before the game was first published. (Rob Kuntz, DM). He was thus created well before AD&D 1e ...


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In the Forgotten Realms setting, there is an Overgod, Lord Ao. (see also this question) He was credited as the creator of the cosmos, and even existed beyond concepts such as alignment and divine rank. ... Ao had the power to create gods out from thin air. ... ...unlike the gods under him, Ao did not need the worship of mortals and did not desire it either, ...


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You are correct that Tolkien is responsible for popularising the modern orc, although there are earlier references including in Beowulf, which is one of the oldest written works in English - albeit Old English - however, I'm sure you can find the orcish reference: þanon untydras ealle onwocon All evil progeny were born from him (Cain) eotenas ond ylfe ond ...


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The rules on this are not specific in D&D 5e, leaving it up to the DM. There's no particular rule that says one needs an alignment to have a soul. In fact, Dungeon Master's Guide p.24, "Bringing Back the Dead", would imply that all living creatures have souls which depart upon death, as cited in the question: When a creature dies, its soul departs ...


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Very little, though a few have connections to it. Of the Great Old One patrons listed in the Player's Handbook and Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, none have a solid interest in the Blood War. According to Elder Evils (2007), Zargon was once ruler of the Nine Hells in ancient times, before he was driven out by Asmodeus. However, following his exile to the ...


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Vampire Elders are more powerful than the most powerful Werewolves. While PC werewolves are much more powerful than PC vampires, the upper end of their power scales are very different - even before you get to the likes of the Antediluvians (who don't have stats), elder vampires are much more powerful than Rank 6 werewolves. Compare the stats for a top-end ...


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